Written for the There and Back Advent Challenge.
Faramir took little joy in journeying across Gorgoroth. It reminded him too much of the desolation Sauron had wrought, even after so many years had passed.
He rode in silence beside the King, lost in thought.
Then he saw them, thistles and a clump of horsetail, green and living amidst the mud and barren rocks.
His eyes lit up in wonder. Joyfully, he called his lord’s attention to these signs of hope.
Aragorn dismounted to study the plants. “These are powerful healing plants,” the King smiled. ”The land is being renewed at last!”
“Envinyatar!” exclaimed Faramir. “Our hopes are fulfilled.”